Eagles & Butterflies (aka Chris Barratt) is back with a massive new album The Butterfly Effect. The L.A.-based producer makes music that fits snuggly into the soul like the organs fill the human form; each of the 15 tracks facilitating a different, and vital function to his body of work.
The first track on the album, “Paravana,” is as introspective and determined as it is inspirational. Warm melodies and organic sounds abound.
The journey continues into “The Mind.” This song is aptly titled, as it sees Barratt dive deeper into the psyche, using vocal stabs reminiscent of his previous material.
“Just Be” picks up the pace in a tech house romp and shows another side to Barratt’s productions. Meanwhile, “Anunnaki” strays from the dewy forest and back to the grimy dance floors of city, while ”Supernova,” with a vaguely Aphex Twin approach to melody, will have you trudging back to the dark woods, searching for a clearing, searching for the stars.
Barratt jumps into the boundless abyss of space with the crunchy deep house of “Chakras Groove.” The hypnotic beats of “Sunrise,” “Wonderland,” “Solar Hymns,” “Cluster” and “Dreamer” get existential as altered states of consciousness take form in “Journey.”
“Visions” and “Tornado” maintain a minimal, dark tech approach and “The Butterfly Effect” draws from a more hip hop tinged beat, with synth stabs that bring Ratatat to mind.
Relentless percussion, native pads and organic sound effects add to the melting pot of otherworldly intonations throughout the album, but if there’s one thing Barratt is great at, it’s melody. A full listen to The Butterfly Effect will surely open you mind, if not your heart.
The album drops April 14th via Barratt’s own imprint Spread Your Wings.